Lost in the Dream by The War on Drugs
First we have Warpaint, now we have The War on Drugs. An indie rock band from Philadelphia, The War on Drugs is a throwback to another era of rock and roll. If you grew up in the 80s, when saxophones and keyboards played a bigger role in the sounds that were coming out of the aging classic rock crowd (think: Glenn Frey, Bruce Springsteen), then Lost in the Dream will resonate well.
The War on Drugs has been around for nearly a decade, started in 2005 by Kurt Vile and Adam Granduciel. Vile left the band shortly after the band’s debut album, Wagonwheel Blues, came out in 2008. While Grandunciel has carried on with The War on Drugs, he also helped Vile get his footing, playing as part of Vile’s backing band The Violators through their 2011 release, Smoke Ring for My Halo.
Vile’s records have been good in their own right, but Lost in the Dream is the best thing to come out of either musician in their time. These songs feel less about telling stories, more about evoking a mood, one that would be right at home on a Miami Vice episode. This description may not sounds like I’m being nice, but I do mean that in the best way possible. This is a great album. It’s solid from start to finish, with some hard rocking tunes, and some slower thought pieces with heavy guitar reverb. If you like Dire Straits, Phil Collins, and other 80s classic rock, then you’ll love this album. But if hearing those names doesn’t resonate with you, don’t let that stop you from listening. This album stands on its own, and it is well worth listening to.
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